Events around CT – February 2015

Through February 21, the Great Trade-In event is an ideal opportunity for parents (and other caregivers) to take stock of their baby and toddler gear and update it according to the latest safety requirements. The Great Trade-In event is a national program that provides our customers the opportunity to trade-in specific baby products in exchange for savings on a new item. The program also serves to call attention to used baby items still in circulation that may have been recalled and other concerns raised by older or used products. This could include products that have been damaged or others where advances in product safety have rendered older models non-compliant with the latest standards. You can trade-in any qualifying gear or furniture item at any of our Toys”R”Us or Babies”R”Us stores nationwide, regardless of whether you purchased the item from one of our stores. Babies R Us locations.

Friday, February 6 at 11am and 4pm: “Jim Henson’s Sid the Science Kid LIVE: Let’s Play!” Sid, Gabriela, Gerald and May invite you and your family to join them as they take an incredible journey through the five senses: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch, and discover that there’s a very special super duper sixth sense! Teacher Susie leads the kids and the audience through a musical adventure jam packed with special sensory effects that fill the theatre — sure to engage sight, smell, sound and more! Jive to the music from the hit PBS KIDS television series and join Sid and his friends as they explore lots of interactive moments with the audience that will bring out the curious scientist in your kid! Find out “What’s the Big Idea?” with Sid the Science Kid- Live! Tickets: $15 -$35 (plus per-ticket fees). Stamford, CT.

Saturday, February 7 – Sunday, February 8 at 11am and 1pm: Valentine’s Day Cake Workshop for Children Dressed just like Lyman Orchard bakers, children will enjoy a fun and creative experience decorating a special heart-shaped cake for their favorite Valentine with tons of frosting, colorful candies, and more! All workshop supplies are provided. Pre-paid reservations are required. Two sessions are available each day; class size is limited. Workshop fee is $15 per child. Middlefield, CT.

Saturday, February 7 – Sunday, February 8 at 12pm: Family Fun Trio (Chicken Little, The Ugly Duckling, and The Three Pigs) The actors aren’t at the theatre! What do we do? Cancel the show? Of course not. As the old saying goes: The show must go on, and luckily the Italiano Players are here to save the day. Armed with a caravan full of fun props and costumes, this eccentric troupe of traveling performers are here to perform not one, not two, but three classic children’s tales the only way they know how: Cabaret style! This show is chock full of magic, mayhem, and music as the performers bounce from story to story to tell the tales of The Ugly Duckling, Chicken Little, and The Three Little Pigs in this fun and completely unique Cabaret original. Children’s shows usually run no longer than 75-80 minutes with a 10 minute intermission. Bridgeport, CT.

Saturday, February 7:

10:30am: 9th Annual Puppetry Festival Rosalita and the Giant Bugs” by Charlotte Dore of Rosalita’s Puppets of Massachusetts. A show for all ages, “Rosalita and the Giant Bugs” is an original marionette show that references the classic stories of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Wizard of Oz.” After Rosalita shrinks down to the size of her garden bugs, she goes on a wild adventure in search of the dragon fly who will allow her to return to her normal size. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 each. Children under 2 are free. New Preston, CT.

1pm – 4pm: Daily Life in Ancient Greece featuring family friendly activities. Free. Fairfield, CT.

1pm – 4pm: Drop by the History Museum to make valentines for your friends and sweethearts! We will have a make your own card station with paper quilling, as well as several fun projects to take home. Suggested $2 donation. Litchfield, CT.

2pm – 3pm: Kids! Make Your Own Valentines Day Chocolates The Wilton Historical Society is again offering the very popular chocolate-making workshop for kids in grades K-8. Registration is required and space is limited. Materials fee: $10 per non-member. Wilton, CT.

3pm – 5pm: American Girl Event Celebrate American Girl’s 2015 Girl of the Year, Grace Thomas! Participate in activties related to her inspiring stories. Support a nationwide bake sale, “For Goodness, Bake!” Fairfield, CT.

4pm – 5:30pm: For our special Valentine’s “Made By Me” 3D workshop, you’ll learn to design and 3D print your own magnetic photo frame! A MakerBot Retail Operator will guide you through the process of making this fun, personalized gift. Once completed, you’ll print your frame on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. Please note that larger designs may require participants to come back to the store to pick up their creations due to longer print times. Photo frame holds a 3″x5″ photo. Space is limited, so register now. Ages 14 and up. $25 per child. Greenwich, CT.

7pm – 9:30pm: Timeless Favorites and Today’s Hits From the time-honored tradition of Fiddler on the Roof and the Edwardian nannies and chimney sweeps of Mary Poppins, to the smooth rhythm and blues of Motown: The Musical and the fantastic break-out phenomenon Frozen, we are pleased to present this year’s roster of hit musicals! In addition to rousing choruses, our talented student soloists will step into the spotlight to add their unique interpretations of the songs we all love. The fantastic FCCC orchestra will join us on stage and add its own pizzazz to this not-to-be-missed evening of story and song! $15-$20 per ticket. Bridgeport, CT.

8pm: Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus “Althouth ‘Men are from Mars…’ is scripted, the continual interaction with an audience will allow [actor John] Frusciante to use the stand-up comedy and improvisational skills he developed as a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. The troupe counts among its veterans Amy Poehler and Matt Walsh.” – Joe Meyers, Connecticut Post. This hilarious show, based on the number one best-selling book from acclaimed author, John Gray, has been entertaining thousands of people by letting them see themselves in their own relationships. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. This sexy, salacious, fast-paced show is for adults, and will leave audiences laughing and giggling like kids! Stamford, CT.

Sunday, February 8:

11:30am – 1pm: Join us for a beginner program on campfire cooking! Learn the basics of firebuilding and cooking around, in, and on the campfire. We’ll make a variety of delicious treats to enjoy! Kids and adults ages 8+. $10 non-member. Mystic, CT.

1pm and 4pm: The Lightning Thief Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. Based on the popular book series by Rick Riordan. Recommended for ages 7-11. Westport, CT.

1:30pm – 3pm: Valentines Cookie Decorating Workshop Have fun decorating your own special Valentine’s heart cookie! All supplies included. Free. Trumbull, CT.

2pm – 4pm: Valentine’s Tea Spend a cozy afternoon with your little Valentine at our annual Tea! Enjoy platters of delicious sandwiches and sweets galore, and have fun making a craft to take home. $20 per adult and $10 per child. Wilton, CT.

3pm – 4:30pm: Great for children ages 7 to 14, this fun class offers an interactive introduction to 3D design and printing. A MakerBot Retail Operator will guide students through the process of creating their own personalized Valentine, designed to hold a lollipop. Once designed, kids will print their creations on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. Space is limited. Reserve your spot today. $24 per child. Greenwich, CT.

5:30pm – 7:30pm: YMCA Special Needs Winter Hoedown Come together with other families in our special needs community and enjoy an evening of music, dancing, food, and fun at the Y. Activities will include: a photo booth, Bouncing Bears, Bingo, sports, and Line Dancing. Free. New Canaan, CT.

Monday, February 9, 4pm – 5:30pm: Children’s Valentine’s Day Tea Join us in the Society’s Townhouse as we prepare and enjoy our own traditional Victorian Tea, treats and crafts! Ages 6 -11. $20 non-member. New Canaan, CT.

{PTO: Parent Time Out} Wednesday, February 11, 7pm – 8pm: Sweets for Sweethearts Chocolate Making Wine and chocolate is a delightful combination.  Ladies who gather at the Wilton Historical Society on February 11 will have an opportunity to try their hand at making molded chocolates for Valentine’s Day: the evening will be even more enjoyable as wine and other beverages will be served. Beautiful, professional candies will be made in approximately one hour, from 7pm– 8pm. The artisanal chocolate provided is very high quality and worthy of being savored by discerning sweethearts, and will make a lovely gift for that special someone. A variety of mold shapes, including hearts and flowers, will be used. Registration is required and space is limited. $25 for non-members. Wilton, CT.

Thursday, February 12th:

11:30am – 3pm (2pm last booking): Valentine’s Day Tea Enjoy a quintessential British tea with freshly-baked and homemade goodies: Dainty sandwiches to include cucumber, Scones with jam and clotted cream, A selection of seasonal cakes and pastries. Local Darien Brit Carolyn Eddie has been offering afternoon teas to her friends in the area for years. She’s now bringing a proper British tea room to the DCA: a popular, regular event. These scrumptious teas are ranked among the “Top 5 Out Of 50 Ways to Rediscover Where You Live” in The 2013 Insider’s Guide to New Canaan, Darien and Rowayton, where they called the experience “Another Step Closer to Downton Abbey.” Darien, CT.

5:30pm: Presidents’ Party Join us on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday for a Presidential pizza party. We’ll play games and talk about Litchfield’s encounters with the Commanders-in-Chief. Feel free to come dressed as your favorite president! Registration is required–please register for this event by February 10 so we can make sure to have enough pizza! $5 non-members. Litchfield, CT.

6pm – 7:30pm: Shine a Light on Children’s Mental Health Benefit Concert Featuring a One-Hour Performance by Two-Time Tony Award Winner Sutton Foster. Sutton Foster, who won Tony Awards® for her performance in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie, will headline the benefit with additional musical performances by Adam Kaplan (from the Broadway cast of Newsies), Adam Christoferson (Musical Intervention), and local theatre and chorus groups representing Brien McMahon High School, Broadway Bootcamp, Greens Farms Academy, Music Theatre of Connecticut, New Canaan High School, Staples High School, Weston High School, Wilton High School, and Wiremill Academy. 6:00 pm: Pre-Performance VIP Cocktail Reception. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and an appearance by two-time Tony Award® Winner Sutton Foster. 7:30 pm: Concert. Musical performances by local theatre and chorus groups and a one-hour performance by two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. Ticket prices: $40+. Westport, CT.

Friday, February 13:

3:30pm – 6pm: Friday Afternoon Artists Drop off your 8-12 year olds for an afternoon exploration with art inspired by nature. Each session we will hike, observe, journal and create. Opportunities to learn about specific artists and naturalists will be included. This interdisciplinary class will be challenging, educational and fun. Kids Ages 8-12. $20 non-member. Mystic, CT.

Friday, February 13 – Sunday, February 15

Friday, February 13 at 7:30pm, Saturday, February 14 at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 15 at 2pm. Vista presents “The Wizard of Oz” at the Ivoryton Playhouse Inspiring and entertaining, Vista presents a fully inclusive production featuring participants of all ages and all abilities. The Vista Arts Center will return to the stage at The Ivoryton Playhouse, after last year’s sell-out success of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with the beloved musical adventure, The Wizard of Oz! The Wizard of Oz affords members of the shoreline theatre community the opportunity to join with Vista members to tell the story of Dorothy’s adventure in the Land of Oz. Ivoryton, CT.

Saturday, February 14 – Sunday, February 15

Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15 from 10am – 3pm: Sharks only bite sometimes and they never run out of teeth! And the largest sharks tend to be the most harmless! Join Mystic Aquarium on February 14-22 and discover even more fun facts about Sharks while enjoying interactive games and activities. Kids are invited to take part in a scavenger hunt to learn more about the various species of sharks here at Mystic Aquarium. Get an up-close look at shark teeth, fins and jaws. Did you know sharks have 5 to 15 rows of teeth in each jaw? Learn more from our experts while you watching special feedings and touching a white-spotted bamboo shark at the Shark Encounter exhibit. Plus, play games to learn shark facts like this ‘fearless fact’- over 360 species of sharks only four present a threat to humans- great white, bull, tiger and the oceanic whitetip sharks. It’s all about Sharks this February vacation at Mystic Aquarium. Mystic, CT.

Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15 at 12:15pm and 2:15pm: Shark Dives Would you jump into a tank of water filled with 6- and 7-foot sharks? Actually, it can be done – bloodlessly – because sharks aren’t really the aggressive man-eaters of popular myth. Come see for yourself when The Maritime Aquarium’s dive team spends some quality time among the sand tiger sharks, lemon shark and other creatures of the 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit. Thanks to a cool communication link, you can even talk with the divers while they’re in the exhibit with the sharks! They’ll tell you that sharks should be respected … but not feared. Norwalk, CT.

Saturday, February 14:

Time Unconfirmed: Kids Story Time “Pete the Cat, Valentine’s Day is Cool!” Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a story, craft and a little Starbucks snack, featuring “Pete the Cat, Valentine’s Day is Cool!” written by James & Kimberly Dean. For kids ages 3 and up with an adult. Fairfield, CT.

{Mommy Time Out} 8:15am – 12:30pm: A Divorce Workshop for Women This workshop is designed to help women take the next step, no matter where they are in the process of untying the knot. Second Saturday deals with the legal, financial, family and personal issues of divorce in a logical, yet compassionate way. With the guidance of trained professionals, workshop participants gain greater understanding of the confusing divorce process. The fee is $35 but the information is priceless! Southport, CT.

9am – 3pm: Love is in the Air Shopping Event Family-friendly shopping event with face painting, kids crafts, and a storytime. Free. Redding, CT.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Valentine’s Day at Beardsley Zoo! Show your honey some love! Anyone wearing red today gets 15% off admission! Bridgeport, CT.

10am: AMC Sensory Friendly Film featuring The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water! The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! Participating AMC Theaters.

10am – 12pm: Thomas the Tank Engine Families are invited to participate in a series of free creative workshop based on NMS’s popular Audubon Arts summer program. Designed for children ages 5 – 12, these fun workshops will engage families in developing a “mini-musical” by writing original lyrics and songs, based loosely on the story line of a children’s book. At the end of each workshop, participants will perform the musical for an audience. Workshop instructors are NMS Drama Department Head Stephen Dest and NMS voice instructor Matthew Harrison, who both teach at NMS’s Audubon Arts program. This workshop is based on the book “Thomas the Tank Engine,” written by W.V. Awdry. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate with children in these events. Each participating family will receive a free book at each event, while supplies last. Free. New Haven, CT.

10am – 10pm: The 5th Annual Putnam Fire & Ice Festival! If you’re looking for something special and romantic to do on Valentine’s Day this year, then this is for you! Carriage rides, ice sculptures, ice luminarias, live ice carving demonstrations, fire torches, fire dancing performances, fantastic food and drink, live entertainment, and more! Putnam, CT.

10:30am: 9th Annual Puppetry Festival “Sleeping Beauty” by Tanglewood Marionettes. A classic tale which appeals to children of all ages, Sleeping Beauty begins in King Felix’s great hall with the celebration of Princess Aurora’s birth. The party goes awry when the wicked witch arrives and curses Princess Aurora. Will the curse come true? Will someone with a “true heart” appear? In this retelling, a painted story book opens to reveal each scene. Beautifully hand-crafted marionettes are brought to life by a master puppeteer as the dramatic events unfold. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 each. Children under 2 are free. New Preston, CT.

11am and 1pm: Valentine’s Day Cake Workshop for Children Dressed just like Lyman Orchard bakers, children will enjoy a fun and creative experience decorating a special heart-shaped cake for their favorite Valentine with tons of frosting, colorful candies, and more! All workshop supplies are provided. Pre-paid reservations are required. Two sessions are available each day; class size is limited. Workshop fee is $15 per child. Middlefield, CT.

12pm – 2pm: Sugar House Join us for an afternoon of exploring our sugar bush, tasting and learning about sap, and seeing how we turn out sap into delicious maple syrup! New Haven, CT.

12pm – 5pm: First Annual Kings Day Cake Dig Our decorated Kings Cake will be sculpted out of snow at the mountain base where participants will dig through the cake to find a special surprise. The winner is crowned King or Queen for the Powder Ridge Mardi Gras Day! At 2 pm gather at the top of Middlefield in costume for the Mardi Gras Parade. Judges will award prizes for the best costumes in the parade. Entertainment including a DJ and Photo Booth is presented by It’s All About You DJ Services from noon to 4 pm. Middlefield, CT.

1pm – 2pm: Seal Search Join Ranger Russ as he searches for some of Long Island Sounds most amazing animals, bring you binoculars and dress warmly. Madison, CT.

1pm – 3pm: Families Cook on the Farm: Pancakes! Enjoy an afternoon of wintry fun and cooking! We’ll visit our sugar house, taste raw sap, see how maple syrup is made, and make delicious pancake creations using maple syrup and eggs from our farm! This class is for families to enjoy together. Please bring at least one adult for every 2 children – all ages welcome. $10 per person. Children ages 3 and under attend for free. New Haven, CT.

4pm – 5:30pm: For our special Valentine’s “Made By Me” 3D workshop, you’ll learn to design and 3D print your own magnetic photo frame! A MakerBot Retail Operator will guide you through the process of making this fun, personalized gift. Once completed, you’ll print your frame on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. Please note that larger designs may require participants to come back to the store to pick up their creations due to longer print times. Photo frame holds a 3″x5″ photo. Space is limited, so register now. Ages 14 and up. $25 per child. Greenwich, CT.

Saturday, February 14 – Sunday, February 15, 12pm: Family Fun Trio (Chicken Little, The Ugly Duckling, and The Three Pigs) The actors aren’t at the theatre! What do we do? Cancel the show? Of course not. As the old saying goes: The show must go on, and luckily the Italiano Players are here to save the day. Armed with a caravan full of fun props and costumes, this eccentric troupe of traveling performers are here to perform not one, not two, but three classic children’s tales the only way they know how: Cabaret style! This show is chock full of magic, mayhem, and music as the performers bounce from story to story to tell the tales of The Ugly Duckling, Chicken Little, and The Three Little Pigs in this fun and completely unique Cabaret original. Bridgeport, CT.

Saturday, February 14 – Monday, February 16, 10am and 4pm: Winter’s Aweigh Join us during President’s Day Weekend as we celebrate our winter reopening with family-fun activities. All children ages 17 and under will receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Back by popular demand, winter working dogs will visit Mystic Seaport to demonstrate various work tasks and also be available for petting. Newfoundlands will visit Saturday, February 14; St. Bernards will be on grounds Sunday, February 15; and Malamutes and Huskies will visit Monday, February 16. Try your hand at an art project, help build a life-sized milk jug igloo, and create a 19th-century winter scene at our Print Shop. Play games of long ago and listen to music and stories of the sea. Children are invited to build a toy boat keepsake, stop by the Children’s Museum for story time, explore a sea chest, and get a kids’-eye view of the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Free. Mystic, CT.

Saturday, February 14 – Monday, February 16, 11am and 2pm: The Eagle Flyer is a unique 2-1/2 hour eco-excursion in the Connecticut River Valley. Trees stripped of their foliage afford clear views of the surrounding forest and the Connecticut River; wildlife can be observed from the cozy confines of the vintage rail cars. Our vintage diesel engine will depart from Essex Station and make local station stops at Deep River, Chester and Haddam. Master Wildlife Conservationists from CT’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will be on board to share their knowledge of the wildlife that calls the Connecticut River Valley home. Haddam/East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, Essex, CT.

Sunday, February 15:

11am – 5pm: Winter Carnivale Ice Carving Competition, Chilly Chili Cook-off, Tractor Parade, Street Treats and Entertainment, Face Painting. Arrive early! Dress warm as it’s an outdoor event; rain, snow or shine! Chester, CT.

3pm: Playtime: How To: Puppet Show! Kids get hands-on training with professional puppeteers from Monkey Boys Productions (from Nick Jr.’s Go, Diego, Go Live!) to make their own puppets and perform a full-on puppet show – in just an hour! Tickets: Adults $15 Children $15. Stamford, CT.

3pm: Artspower presents: Rainbow Fish With her lovely coloring and shimmering scales, the Rainbow Fish is used to being the most beautiful creature in the ocean. So when the other fish ask her for some silver scales, she refuses. How can she sacrifice the one thing that makes her so unique? Will some good advice from the wise old Octopus persuade the Rainbow Fish to share her gifts with those around her? ArtsPower has turned Marcus Pfister’s bestselling book into a delightful and touching musical about the value of sharing true friendship with others. Musical for grades K – 2. $16 Adults, $10 Children 12 and under. Old Saybrook, CT.

3pm – 4:30pm: Great for children ages 7 to 14, this fun class offers an interactive introduction to 3D design and printing. A MakerBot Retail Operator will guide students through the process of creating their own personalized Valentine, designed to hold a lollipop. Once designed, kids will print their creations on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. Space is limited. Reserve your spot today. $24 per child. Greenwich, CT.

3:30pm: National Theatre in HD: Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in and her dangerous voyage begins. Suitable for 10 years and up. Price $25, Students $15.  Ridgefield, CT.

Monday, February 16:

9am – 1pm: Bird Presidents! Explore the avian world around us! Learn the difference between the birds that have migrated and the resident birds that stay through the winter. Meet some of the hawks and owls that live at our center, and make a simple bird feeder to take home. Decide which bird you would want to be president of the animal kingdom! We’ll warm up with hot cocoa by the fireplace. Dress for the weather. Bring a bagged lunch. Ages 4-14. $35 per non-member. Mystic, CT.

10am and 4pm: Winter’s Aweigh – See details above.

10am – 3:30pm: Dinosaur Days – See details below.

10am – 5pm: Stepping Stones Museum is open on Monday for President’s Day. Norwalk, CT.

11am and 2pm: The Eagle Flyer – See details above.

11am – 2:30pm: Family Focus: Make a Medal From President’s to soldiers to heroes, a medal represents significant achievements and personal victories. Reflect on your own good deeds, a family member or role model and design a medal pin to recognize these accomplishments. Ages 6 and up. Free. Fairfield, CT.

11am – 3pm: Winter Break Out Day: How’s it Made? Explore how some of our favorite things in nature are made. Visit the Maple Sugar House and see how our maple syrup operation is doing this winter and learn how bees make honey in the warmer weather (and taste some too!). Dissect an owl pellet to learn about owl digestion and discover how to make fire with a bow drill. Self-guided make-and-take crafts and a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar at 2:30 pm will round out the day. Stamford, CT.

12:30pm – 2pm: Kids Days: Building Gourd Birdhouses For centuries, Native American people have grown gourds and used then to make all manner of vessels and containers. During the school break, bring the kids to get them in touch with their natural side as we make painted gourd birdhouses to adorn your yard or porch. Kids $15, Adults $8. Washington, CT.

2pm: The Eagle Flyer – See details above.

2pm – 3pm: Winter Farm Tour Celebrate President’s Day exploring a real local dairy farm. Meet the farmers behind the Farmer’s Cow and experience down-home fun for the whole family. Our farmers are proud to show everyone how we care for our cows that give delicious milk. Put on your winter boots and bundle up to see the cows, visit the calves and tour the milking parlor. Warm up with the Farmer’s Cow hot coffee and sample our fresh milk, chocolate milk, ice cream and more. If there is enough snow on the ground there will be horse-drawn sleigh rides, too. Lebanon, CT. – Cancelled

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Family Focus: Brave Stories with Lot Therrio Master storyteller Lot Therrio will enchant the audience with his stories of heroes and bravery from all over the world. Ages 6 and up. Free.

4pm: Winter’s Aweigh – See details above.

Monday, February 16 – Friday, February 20:

10am – 3:30pm: Dinosaur Days From the 150-million-year-old Apatosaurus skeleton in the Great Hall to the award-winning, life-sized sculpture of Torosaurus outside, dinosaurs and the Yale Peabody Museum go hand in hand. Join us during the February school holidays for our annual celebration of paleontology and dinosaurs. There will be plenty of hands-on activities for the whole family, including our famous fossil dig and an extensive fossil touch table. And you’ll have the chance to meet paleontology graduate students and professionals and learn about their interesting research. New Haven, CT.

Tuesday, February 17:

10am to 11:30am: Family Tour: Dance & Discovery Be a part of a multi-sensory gallery experience with dance, conversation, and hands-on art-making. Museum educator Michelle Friedman, with Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance director Amy Piantaggini and instructor Adelka Polak, will lead an innovative tour of the Kate Gilmore and David Scanavino exhibitions, exploring visual art through conversation, dance, and a multimedia project in the Education Center. Ages 6 to 10 with an adult. Space is limited. Reservations required. Free for children under the ages of 18. Ridgefield, CT.

10am – 3pm: Winter Home School Day: Forces & Motion Take a look at some simple machines on the farm and learn how they help us to do work. Explore the many ways that animals move and the many forces that act upon our daily lives. Discover how forces and motion affect our solar system. Get a first-hand look at motion by building your own mini-catapult and helping to launch a full-sized one. For ages 5 & up. Stamford, CT.

4pm – 8pm: Living Room Karaoke Join us and our host Margie B. in the JCC Living Room for Karaoke! BYOB for those who are interested. Singers of all ages welcome. Woodbridge, CT.

Tuesday, February 17 – Thursday, February 19:

10am – 12pm: Children’s Workshops at the New Canaan Historical Society Fill your morning with historical exploration through hands on activities, like candle making and tin—punching and food practices, just as they did in Colonial times. Come to one  session or all three! Tuesday, February 17th: Candle making. Wednesday, February 18th: Tin Punching. Thursday, February 19th: Early American Foodways. Ages 6 -11. $25 per non-member per session. New Canaan, CT.

Tuesday, February 17 – Friday, February 20

Story and Animal Program Join us in Natureplace for an animal-themed story followed by an encounter with one of our Animal Hall residents. 10:30am – Animal Feeding: Let Earthplace Naturalists answer all your questions while giving some of our animals their daily meals. 11am – Nature Adventure: We’ll head out on the trails to explore the forest and its habitats and discover all the organisms that call our sanctuary home. 12pm – Nature’s Trading Post: Come share your collection of nature finds, tell us the story behind your item and trade it for something new to take home. Westport, CT.

Wednesday, February 18:

Story and Animal Program – See details above.

11am: Join Roxi Fox for an epic adventure through prehistoric time in these popular Betty Baisden puppet shows! “Roxi and the Dinosaurs” plays Monday to Wednesday, and don’t miss “What Do You Do with a Baby Dinosaur?” on Thursday and Friday. New Haven, CT.

3:30pm-5pm: Leather Apron Book Club: Glory Be In honor of Black History Month, join us as we read this tale about a segregated public pool in Mississippi, set in 1964. Author Augusta Scattergood draws from real-life events to create this memorable tale about friendship and choices during a difficult period in America’s history. Following a discussion of the story, we’ll play games or do a craft relating to the novel. Register by February 13th to get a copy of the book. Ages 8 and up. $15 per non-member. Litchfield, CT.

Thursday, February 19:

Story and Animal Program – See details above.

11am: Join Roxi Fox for an epic adventure through prehistoric time in these popular Betty Baisden puppet shows! “Roxi and the Dinosaurs” plays Monday to Wednesday, and don’t miss “What Do You Do with a Baby Dinosaur?” on Thursday and Friday. New Haven, CT.

4pm: Mr. Peabody & Sherman Join us in the JCC Living Room for our Spring Movie Series for kids and families! Event is free and popcorn will be served. Free. Woodbridge, CT.

{MTO: Mommy Time Out} Friday, February 20, 7:30pm, Saturday, February 21, 7:30pm and Sunday, February 22 at 2:00 pm: “Motherhood Out Loud” is a collection of short theatrical works by award-winning American Playwrights, television writers and novelists. The staged reading features an unprecedented number of pieces by women reflecting upon the diversity of the parenting experience in America today, yet at the same time, the universality of it. From the wonder of giving birth to the bittersweet challenges of role reversal and caring for an aging parent, it is all shared with tremendous candor, heart and humor. These are a sampling of the vignettes: A mother of a soldier cries out for his safe return. A gay couple takes on fatherhood with the help of a surrogate. A mother staunchly defends her young son’s penchant for a princess dress….despite judgment. A Caucasian mother of an adopted Asian child stands up for her dignity. Motherhood Out Loud, conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein, is written by a collection of award- winning American writers including Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, LuAnne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L. West. Henley is a Pulitzer-Prize winner, Rebeck is the creator of the television series Smash, and Pennette was Executive Producer of Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty and is Executive Producer of Kirstie Alley’s television show. “It was always our hope that Motherhood Out Loud would strike a universal chord, and given the response from audiences, theatres and others who have come on board to present the production, we are gratified to know we have accomplished that,” says Susan R. Rose, co-conceiver and producer. Ivoryton, CT.

Friday, February 20:

Story and Animal Program – See details above.

11am: Join Roxi Fox for an epic adventure through prehistoric time in these popular Betty Baisden puppet shows! “Roxi and the Dinosaurs” plays Monday to Wednesday, and don’t miss “What Do You Do with a Baby Dinosaur?” on Thursday and Friday. New Haven, CT.

1pm & 1:30pm: The Cretaceous Quintet are New Haven’s premiere dinosaur-themed children’s wind quintet. Formed in 2006, the Cretaceous Quintet have played at various nursery school fairs and are a regular part of the Peabody Museum of Natural History’s “Dinosaur Days” week every February. The Quintet delight in entertaining children and adults with their paleontologically-themed music and quirky lyrics. New Haven. CT.

5:30pm – 8:30pm: The Olive Garden has arranged a special event for your family. Reconnect over a romantic Four Course Festa Italiana dinner. And, all while the kids enjoy a night of fitness and funwith supervised active play at My Gym.

7pm: Alice in Wonderland The Bradley Playhouse and The Complex Performing Arts Centre team up once again to stage this timeless tale. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole into the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland. Putnam, CT.

7:30pm: “Motherhood Out Loud – See details above.

Saturday, February 21:

10am: Lunarfest is a day-long event offering arts and cultural programs for adults and children of all ages in celebration of the Lunar New Year, kicking off with the Lion Dance down Whitney Avenue! New Haven, CT.

10:30am: 9th Annual Puppetry Festival Brad Shur of Puppet Showplace Theater will present a rollicking retelling of the classic tale of “Robin Hood.” When the Sheriff of Nottingham begins demolishing woodland homes as part of a grand castle-expansion scheme, the starry-eyed Robin sees his chance to fight back and fulfill his dream of becoming a hero. Of course, he’ll need a little help from his friends. Join Maid Marion, Little John, and a mischievous deer with excellent taste in clothes on a medieval mission to save the forest. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 each. Children under 2 are free. New Preston, CT.

11am and 2pm: The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle!  Based on the classic book by Watty Piper.  Little Blue Engine dreams of someday leaving the train yard to pull the big cars on the main line track. But can she convince Big Silver that she is worthy of being a main line engine? Back to reprise its sold-out premiere season, Arts Power’s dynamic, song-filled adventure portrays Watty Piper’s timeless tale about hard work, determination, and the meaning of true friendship. Ticket Price $15. Recommended for ages 2 and up. Ridgefield, CT.

12-3pm: Asian New Year Celebration Join your Zoo friends in celebrating the Year of the Sheep and the Goat. Enjoy crafts and fun activities in our Carousel building. Learn about our sheep and goats in the New England Farmyard. Meet Doctor Bug-man in Professor Beardsley’s Research Station. Take part in the Children’s Parade at 2:00 on our Carousel patio. Watch a karate demonstration at 12:30 and 1:30 in our Carousel Annex and yoga at 1:00. Our cafe will be serving Asian delights. Snow date is February 28. Bridegport, CT.

1pm: “Bubblemania” by Casey Carle An extremely unique program combining high energy entertainment with artistic achievement, BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids. Casey’s creations grow from intricate and imaginative bubble art forms to “trapping” people inside bubbles! Hamden, CT.

1pm: Bauer Series Hikers should meet at the Meigs Point Nature Center at Hammonasset Beach State Park at least 15 minutes before the hike begins. The walk will be led by Gary Nolf and Don Rankin. With luck, you can spot some seals sunning themselves on the rocks off Meigs Point. Exhibits of archaeological finds from the Madison area will be on display in the Nature Center from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM; folks can bring their own artifacts for interpretation. Nolf and Rankin will demonstrate how to throw a spear with an atlatl. All are invited to participate at their own risk. Dress for wintry conditions. No pets are allowed on the hike. These informative and entertaining programs are fun for the whole family. Light refreshments will be served following all presentations. Madison, CT.

1pm – 2pm: “The Lion & the Mouse & Other Tales” by Crabgrass Theatre As part of its Spring Puppet Performance Series, the Ballard Institute presents “The Lion and the Mouse and Other Tales” on February 21 at 1 and 3 p.m. With beautiful puppets and scenery, and their signature hilarious style, Vermont’s award-winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre presents tales from Africa, Asia and Europe that will inspire and enthrall children of all sizes. Ticket Prices: Adults: $10; Students: $7; Kids: $5. Storrs, CT.

1pm – 3pm: Behind the Scenes in Animal Care Join Laura Craver-Rogers, our Animal Care Manager, for a fun afternoon with the animals! Help with the daily upkeep of our furred, scaled and feathered friends. Assist with feeding, cleaning, and other tasks that help out our animals. Limited to 10 people; call early to register! Ages 8 and up. Mystic, CT.

2pm: The Little Engine That Could – See details above.

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Circus On the High Seas Art Farm and Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater is proud to present Circus On the High Seas! Tickets: $12 Adults; $8 Kids. Middletown, CT.

4pm – 5:30pm: For our special Valentine’s “Made By Me” 3D workshop, you’ll learn to design and 3D print your own magnetic photo frame! A MakerBot Retail Operator will guide you through the process of making this fun, personalized gift. Once completed, you’ll print your frame on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. Please note that larger designs may require participants to come back to the store to pick up their creations due to longer print times. Photo frame holds a 3″x5″ photo. Space is limited, so register now. Ages 14 and up. $25 per child. Greenwich, CT.

{PTO: Parent Time Out} 5:30pm – 8:30pm: Nature Night Out Take a grownup night out while your children enjoy a night with nature! Each evening, we’ll provide dinner and nature fun inside and out. Children can choose the excitement of a night hike or cozy stories inside, and then we’ll all meet up for s’mores by the fire. Dress your child for outside and send a flashlight. $30 non-member, $15 extra sibling. Mystic, CT.

6pm – 8:30pm: Winter Wonderland Children’s Ball Calling all little princes and princesses for a magical evening in a snow-kissed wonderland. Dress up in your finest, pose for the paparazzi, learn a few dance moves and more! Registration Required. Non-members $17 per person. Norwalk, CT.

7pm: Alice in Wonderland The Bradley Playhouse and The Complex Performing Arts Centre team up once again to stage this timeless tale. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole into the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland. Putnam, CT.

7pm: The Banff Centre’s Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. This year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival, and audiences across Canada, the United States, and internationally from Scotland to South Africa to China, Lebanon, Chile, New Zealand and Antarctica get to enjoy it all. The World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world, with films highlighting exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports. New Haven, CT.

7:30pm: “Motherhood Out Loud – See details above.

Sunday, February 22:

11am – 4 pm: KidsPlay Family Fun Fair KidsPlay will be holding the First Annual Family Fun Fair. The event is $10 per family for advanced tickets – which can be purchased through The Warner box office or at the KidsPlay desk – and will feature family-friendly entertainment, vendors, prizes, food, and KidsPlay exhibits! It’s going to be a whole day of fun, bring the whole crew down and enjoy! Torrington, CT.

1pm and 3pm: Playtime: Silent Slapstick Your kids will laugh themselves silly at this program of uproarious ’20’s comedy films, presented with a live pianist! Lincoln Center’s famous silent film accompanist/historian, Ben Model, improvises original scores for 3 short slapstick silent comedies – an ideal opportunity to introduce youngsters to inventive visual humor. Tickets: Adults $15 Children $15. Stamford, CT.

1pm – 4pm: ARTventures are exciting family scavenger hunts that explore connections between art and science. In February’s ARTventure, families will follow a series of clues through the wilderness of Northern Baroque Splendor: The Hohenbuchau Collection  from Liechtenstein. The Princely Collections, Vienna. Exploring the exhibition’s masterpieces alongside animal specimens from the Bruce Museum’s permanent collection, families will learn together about animals and habitats, and participate in short, hands-on drawing activities. Greenwich, CT.

1:30pm – 4pm: Science Sunday: Winter Wildlife Investigation Join us for this invigorating Science Sunday while we search for winter wildlife in a CT State Park. We will look for evidence of wildlife including tracks and feathers. We will also discuss winter wildlife habitat needs especially in regards to the Northern Saw Whet Owl. This Science Sunday is led by Peter Picone, Wildlife Biologist for the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP). Mr. Picone brings his years of experience in wildlife habitat management and love of the outdoors to this exciting presentation. Free. North Haven, CT.

2pm: “Motherhood Out Loud – See details above.

3pm: Playtime: Silent Slapstick – See details above.

3pm: Lecture: The Colonial Revival as Collective Memory and Consumer Join us for this lecture by Thomas Denenberg, director of the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT. The development of a culture of consumption in the decades that bracketed the turn of the twentieth century created unprecedented opportunity for the dissemination of images, objects, and texts that engendered historical consciousness in the United States. Antiquarian activities, the province of social outliers, the wealthy, or the creative such as the painter Edward Lamson Henry (1841-1919), became normative behavior in the new middle-class America. Gathering, collecting, and sorting historical material culture, once an end unto itself in the nineteenth century, gave way to the creation of a widespread aesthetic that prized idealized “native” forms. Entrepreneurial individuals, including the minister-turned antimodern colporteur Wallace Nutting (1861-1941), employed the very modern platforms of advertising, publishing, department stores, and mail order merchandising to encourage and fulfill middle-class desires for objects and myths that answered contemporary social needs in an era of rapid economic and geographic change. Often termed “the” Colonial Revival—an aesthetic assumed to be, monolithic, sui generis, and whole upon arrival, this illustrated lecture will look at the phenomenon as a complex and carefully constructed collective memory that matured over time. $5 for non-members. Litchfield, CT.

3pm – 4:30pm: Great for children ages 7 to 14, this fun class offers an interactive introduction to 3D design and printing. A MakerBot Retail Operator will guide students through the process of creating their own personalized Valentine, designed to hold a lollipop. Once designed, kids will print their creations on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. Space is limited. Reserve your spot today. $24 per child. Greenwich, CT.

Wednesday, February 25 – Saturday, February 28:

Seen Change! This original musical comedy goes beyond the footlights to celebrate 100 years of theater at the historic Shubert, New Haven.When an apprentice inadvertently defies age-old theater superstition, everything goes wrong for an out-of-town musical on its final day of rehearsal. Calamity and chaos abound in A Broken Umbrella Theatre’s newest work.Featuring singing stage managers, tap dancing technicians, and panicking producers, Seen Change pays homage to the blood, sweat, and tears that go into creating theater and the legacies left behind.Audiences: Keep your hats on because this “let’s-put-on-a-musical” style farce will take you between the old Taft Hotel and the Shubert Theatre as characters and eras collide. Seen Change is best enjoyed by audiences 10 and up. New Haven, CT.

Wednesday, February 25:

12:30pm – 2:30pm: Identifying Bark Naturalist Emma Lorusso will help you to hone your skills, so you have a more well-rounded understanding of tree identification! Hampton, CT.

8pm: Seen Change! – See details above.

Thursday, February 26:

9:30am – 12:30pm: Homeschool Program: Curator for a Day Have you wondered what it’s really like to be a curator at a history museum? Come shadow our curator of collections for a morning of fun activities! We’ll study artifacts from the Historical Society’s collections, get a behind-the-scenes peek at object storage, get hands-on experience with some of a curator’s day-to-day work, and assemble a hypothetical exhibit. $15 for non-members. Litchfield, CT.

2pm & 7pm: Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. Suitable for 10 years and up. Fairfield, CT.

4pm: Ratatouille Join us in the JCC Living Room for our Spring Movie Series for kids and families! Event is free and popcorn will be served. Woodbridge, CT.

7pm: Treasure Island – See details above.

8pm: Seen Change! – See details above.

Friday, February 27 – Saturday, February 28:

Live Radio Drama: Radio Ghosts & Gangsters This fun and frightful performance will bring you back to The Golden Age of Radio, with a spine-tingling ghost story, two rough-and-tumble gangster tales and a ghost story that includes some gangsters! Live sound effects, snappy patter and period costumes make for a memorable production. Fairfield, CT.

Friday, February 27:

10am-11:30am: Mini-Explorers It’s Sugaring Time! Maple trees are waking up as hints of spring arrive at Bauer Park. Learn how to tap the trees and then how to collect the sap to turn it into syrup. Make a craft to remind you of how special maple trees are. For preschoolers ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Indoor/outdoor programs – dress for the weather. Fee $8. Madison, CT.

12pm – 2pm: A Play A Story A Song Actress, singer, poet Kimberly Wilson of Westport will present her original performance piece. It’s a tour-de-force of acting and song, as the statuesque Wilson modulates her powerful contralto from a whisper to a fervent spiritual, capturing the spirits of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and two invented characters she calls the Slave Woman and the African Queen. While these historical reflections are the stories of black women with remarkable experiences, they could be about any woman striving to make a better life for herself, her family and her community, Wilson said. With strength, dignity, and pride, Wilson tells the stories of these remarkable women. Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery and guided many family members and friends north through the Underground Railroad to freedom. Born a slave, Sojourner Truth escaped and became an important abolitionist and women’s rights proponent. The “first lady of civil rights”, Rosa Parks, refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955, which helped launch the Civil Rights movement. Author, activist, actress Maya Angelou, perhaps best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is also invoked. Non-members $25. Wilton, CT.

1-2:30pm: Mini-Explorers – See details above.

3:30pm – 6pm: Friday Afternoon Artists Drop off your 8-12 year olds for an afternoon exploration with art inspired by nature. Each session we will hike, observe, journal and create. Opportunities to learn about specific artists and naturalists will be included. This interdisciplinary class will be challenging, educational and fun. Kids Ages 8-12. $20 non-member. Mystic, CT.

7pm: Comets and Meteors: Messengers from the Origin of the Solar System Head to the Observatory on selected Friday nights for a real treat as we explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start with a presentation on Comets and Meteors: Messengers from the Origin of the Solar System, followed by a visit to view the night sky through our 22-inch telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3. Stamford, CT.

8pm: Live Radio Drama: Radio Ghosts & Gangsters – See details above.

8pm: Seen Change! – See details above.

Saturday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1:

Lyman’s 43rd Annual WinterFest Cure your cabin fever! Enjoy an awesome weekend of indoor and outdoor family-oriented activities at our WinterFest, the Sweet Spot of Winter Fun! Middlefield, CT.

Saturday, February 28:

8am – 5pm: Lyman’s 43rd Annual WinterFest – See details above.

10am – 12pm: Seuss on the Loose! Join us for a fun morning celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday! We’ll read The Lorax, make Oobleck, and learn about the importance of trees in our world. $7 per non-member. Mystic, CT.

10:00am – 12:00pm: Bluebird Box Building Get an introduction to the beloved Bluebirds with Naturalist Emma Lorusso. Following this talk we will build our own Bluebird boxes for you to take home! $10 per box. Hampton, CT.

10am – 2pm: The 14th Annual Cat In The Hat Ball Lots of fun, games and crafts for you children. Live music, readings and book signings. Storytime also in Spanish. $5 per child or bring a new children’s book and get in for free. New London, CT.

10:30am: Horns and Antlers Walk Bring the family or come on your own to enjoy a walk focused on animals with horns and antlers. Derby, CT.

10:30am – 12pm: Family Maple Sugaring The Bauer farmhouse is framed by two large sugar maples, trees that the Bauer brothers may have used to make maple syrup. Come and learn how maple syrup is made, from tree to table. We’ll tap some of Bauer Park’s maple trees, taste the sap, and learn how to turn it into syrup (which we’ll also taste!). Information on where to acquire sugaring supplies, and when, where and how to tap the maple trees in your own yard will be provided. Boots are recommended as we’ll be hiking into the woods to tap the trees. Recommended for adults and children ages 3 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $5 Madison, CT.

11am: Theater Tours Get an all access pass to explore nine decades of Palace Theater history and backstage mystique! On the first Friday of every month, and select dates throughout the year, the Palace Theater offers one hour and fifteen minute guided tours of the historic venue that take place from 11am – 12:15pm.Tours are led by Palace Theater Ambassadors, a specially trained group of engaging volunteers well-versed in the theater’s rich history, architectural design and entertaining anecdotal information. In addition to exploring the theater, lobby spaces and Poli Club dining hall, patrons also have the opportunity to walk across the stage, visit the star dressing rooms, and view the venue’s hidden, backstage murals – artwork painted on the theater walls by past performers and Broadway touring companies. Admission is $5 per person. Waterbury, CT.

12pm: 12th Annual Cabin Fever Festival & Charity Chowder Cook Off It’s the 12th year for the Olde Mistick Village Annual Charity Chowder Cook-Off – a day filled with family fun and community support! Over 20 restaurants will serve up their signature chowder brew from the warmth of sponsoring shops in the Village. Celebrity judges will choose the winners in three categories – and the public votes the winners of the coveted “Best Chowder” category. It’s a rain, snow or shine event. Throughout Olde Mistick Village there will be free family fun events for children of all ages. Mystic, CT.

12pm – 3pm: The 19th Annual Chili-Fest will draw chefs from near and far!   Chefs set up their booths up and down Main Street as hundreds of brave Chili-tasters purchase ballots and vote for their favorite Chili.This year over 25+ chefs will compete, rain, snow or shine.   The top three winning chilis will be honored with a donation to the charity of their choice.Proceeds benefit the C.W. Hunter Scholarship Fund.   In 2014, the Chamber awarded six $1,000 scholarships to local high school graduating students.Ballots can be purchased for $10 each at any of the 6 Ballot Stations along Main Street and at the Chamber Office.   A minimum of 10 chilis must be tasted for your vote to be valid. Old Saybrook, CT.

1:30pm – 2:30pm: A Passion for Birds Henry Lappen uses beautiful masks and a comic portrayal of birds to inspire appreciation and understanding of the avian world. We’ll learn how birds adapt to their environment, and why they look and act the way they do. Henry dances to demonstrate the form and motion of the different species. Learning some mime skills, we’ll join him, taking on the character of each bird and finding out more about it. We’ll wear masks and soar as Eagles, stalk as Herons and swim as Puffins. Additional topics include nest building, preening, and hiding from danger. Free. Ansonia, CT.

1:00pm – 3:00pm: Snow Monkeys Through games and activities Naturalist Emma Lorusso will teach us about how snow and ice is formed, then we will have our own fun in the snow! Free. Hampton, CT.

2pm: Seen Change! – See details above.

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Themselves: The Oregon Trail – A Tale of Westward Expansion An 1850’s story of a 13 year old girl’s experiences traveling by wagon train with her family from Independence, Missouri to the lush farmlands of Oregon. Period songs, costumes, props, journal entries and scenes all contribute to a tale of a remarkable journey, in which a vast and awesome wilderness is crossed and a new understanding of courage, perseverance and interdependence is gained through sharing difficult challenges with others. Norwalk, CT.

2:30pm: Rapunzel A new “twist” on the classic tale by the Brothers Grimm about the girl with the long golden hair. When the young Rapunzel has been locked in a tower by an enchantress, it takes a handsome young prince to help her escape, and that’s just the beginning of the story! Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair. Children’s shows usually run no longer than 75-80 minutes with a 10 minute intermission. Bridgeport, CT.

3pm: Live Radio Drama: Radio Ghosts & Gangsters – See details above.

3pm – 4:30pm: Tea Tasting 101! Learn about the geography and history of the tea plant, in addition to chemistry and taste at this afternoon tea tasting. Prepare and sample an assortment of notable black, green and white teas with Connecticut College Professor Emeritus Sally Taylor, who taught classes on the ecology and botany of plants, both useful and ornamental. $15 per non-member. Mystic, CT.

4pm: Read Across American Kids ages 3 and up celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with The Cat in the Hat (live costume character), story read by University Athletes. Make your own hat! Fairfield, CT.

4pm – 5pm: For our special Valentine’s “Made By Me” 3D workshop, you’ll learn to design and 3D print your own magnetic photo frame! A MakerBot Retail Operator will guide you through the process of making this fun, personalized gift. Once completed, you’ll print your frame on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. Please note that larger designs may require participants to come back to the store to pick up their creations due to longer print times. Photo frame holds a 3″x5″ photo. Space is limited, so register now. Ages 14 and up. $25 per child. Greenwich, CT.

5:30pm: Pantochino Teen Theatre presents “Xanadu Jr” is based on the 1980 film musical starring Olivia Newtown John featuring book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. The original screenplay was written by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel. It is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Milford, CT.

5:30pm: Owl Prowl Hike to explore woodlands and fields of Flanders in search of owls and to experience all of the fascinating sounds of the night. $10-15. Woodbury, CT.

6pm – 9pm: Aquarium After Dark What happens once night falls at Mystic Aquarium? Ever wonder if the fish sleep or what the sharks and belugas do after the lights go down at Mystic Aquarium? Find out for yourself at the family-friendly Aquarium After Dark. If you are looking for a fun night out on the town for the family, look no further than Mystic Aquarium. This family-friendly event includes a Sea Lion Show at 6:15pm, a visit from our African Penguins at 6:45-7:45pm, and, of course, a visit from our mascot Petey the Penguin. Plus, hands on education stations and dinner. $24.95 per adult, $20.95 per child. Mystic, CT.

7pm: Irish Night The ever-popular Irish Night is an evening of congeniality and Irish entertainment that brings hundreds of people from the Lauralton family together to celebrate the school’s long affinity for Irish culture and hospitality. The Sisters of Mercy were founded by Catherine McAuley in Dublin and in addition to paying homage to Lauralton Hall’s Irish roots, this special event raises much needed funds for scholarship. Award winning musicians and dancers fill the evening with entertainment. In addition, the Best Table optional contest offers guests the opportunity to become as creative and competitive as they like, decorating their tables in the spirit of the season.  Trophies are awarded—including a perpetual trophy for first place winners with their names engraved on it—so your collaborative creativity can live on in the Lauralton archives!  A “Luck of the Irish” raffle, with proceeds benefiting the Alumnae Scholarship fund, will help support current Lauralton students in need of financial aid.Guests bring their own beverages, ice and snacks while the Irish Night Committee, parents of current and alumnae students, and alumnae provide Irish Soda Bread, desserts, coffee and tea. Milford, CT.

7pm: Next Generation Enjoy a fun evening of dance, music, visual arts and even sword fighting performed by the next generation of artists! Performances by Curtain Call, Intake Youth Ensemble, The Ballet School of Stamford, Project Music, SCA Emerging artist, Waterside School, Loft Artist Association and Future 5. $10 per adult, $5 per child. Stamford, CT.

8pm: Time for Three Be prepared to experience an ensemble that defies traditional classification! Comprised of Zachary De Pue (violin), Nicolas Kendall (violin), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass), Time for Three is a classically trained trio who perform music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of the Beatles, Mumford & Sons, Justin Timberlake, and other popular artists. The group first played together while students at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music and after considerable experimentation have evolved into a charismatic ensemble with a reputation for limitless enthusiasm and no musical boundaries. $35-40 per person. Fairfield, CT.

8pm: Live Radio Drama: Radio Ghosts & Gangsters – See details above.

8pm: Seen Change! – See details above.

Sunday, March 1:

7:30am – 9am: Sham Rock & Roll 5K Get ready for Connecticut’s largest St. Patrick’s themed road race! Race Day Schedule: 7:30 am – Packet pick-up and registration, 9:00 am – 5K Start, 9:30 am – Post race party, 10:30 am – Awards Ceremony. Awards: Top three race finishers in each age group. Age groups: men, women and children 12 and under, 13-80+.  Awards are also given in the following special categories: • Best individual and group costume – St. Patty’s Division • shortest & tallest, slowest Finisher. Woodbridge, CT.

8am – 5pm: Lyman’s 43rd Annual WinterFest – See details above.

10:30am: Lisa Goodman Purim Carnival Celebrate the joy of Purim with us at our Lisa Goodman Purim Carnival featuring fun, food, games, and prizes for the young and young-at-heart.  Trade in Purim Bucks earned playing games for great prizes. Come in costume and earn bonus Purim Bucks! Middletown, CT.

11am: Spring Bake: Bundt and Layer Cakes Welcome the new season with some impressive desserts that are really quite simple to prepare. A Bundt cake makes a statement with very little effort, while a layer cake is a work of art that you can accomplish by mastering a few easy techniques. Join us and learn how. Williams Sonoma Stores Stamford, Danbury, CT

12pm: Rapunzel A new “twist” on the classic tale by the Brothers Grimm about the girl with the long golden hair. When the young Rapunzel has been locked in a tower by an enchantress, it takes a handsome young prince to help her escape, and that’s just the beginning of the story! Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair. Bridgeport, CT.

12:30pm – 2:30pm: Character Dance Party in Honor of Purim Dress up and join your favorite princesses and superheroes as we celebrate the spirit of Purim complete with food, games and DJ! $7 nonmembers. Woodbridge, CT.

12:30pm – 4:30pm: Read Across American Day March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, but we are celebrating it a day early! Join us for special activities all day and a Dr. Suess story every hour from 12:30-3:30 pm. Niantic, CT.

1pm and 4pm: Dog Loves Books Louise Yates’ New York Times Best Seller comes to life in ArtsPower’s newest musical about the irresistible Dog who loves everything about books. In fact, he loves books SO much that he decides to open up his own bookstore. Once the store opens for business, no customers come. Dog is alone in his store. But, he soon realizes that when he is surrounded by books, he is never alone. Dog begins to read the books in his store and discovers that when customers finally come in to his store, he knows exactly which books to recommend. ArtsPower’s delightful new musical celebrates the power of the imagination and the satisfaction that comes when you share books with others. Recommended for ages 5-8. All tickets: $20. Westport, CT.

2pm: Pantochino Teen Theatre presents “Xanadu Jr” is based on the 1980 film musical starring Olivia Newtown John featuring book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. The original screenplay was written by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel. It is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Milford, CT.

2 pm: Farms, Factories, and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut Between 1880 and 1920, more than 4 million Italians immigrated to America, many arriving in New Haven. Italian women stood behind their husbands and managed the family economy, invested in real estate, put aside money for their children’s education, cooked meals, nurtured large families, and when times got tough, joined men on production lines. Author, historian, and photographer Anthony V. Riccio will share remarkable, poignant, and sometimes humorous details of the lives of these courageous women from his new book “Farms, Factories, and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut.” Admission is free. New Haven, CT.

2:30pm: Rapunzel – See details above.

3:30 – 4:30pm: Book Signing and Public Presentation After the workshop, all museum guests will have an opportunity to meet James Gurney, purchase his books, and get them signed. Before the signing, Gurney will offer a brief slide presentation about the making of Dinotopia, including research, thumbnail sketches, models posing, maquettes, photo reference, and plein-air studies. Copies of Gurney’s Dinotopia books will be for sale in the gift shop. Stamford, CT.

4pm: Dog Loves Books – See details above.

Through March 8th Sculpture Contest The 2015 snow sculpture contest celebrates the spirit of winter and creative outdoor activities. So bundle up and create an entry for the snow sculpture contest this winter. Use your imagination and create a unique snow sculpture (for example: snow castles or snowmen). The contest will be ongoing from the first snow after January 1st through March 3rd, 2015. Top winner from each category will receive a certificate toward a Parks & Recreation Program. How to Enter: Send or bring a picture of your snow sculpture to the Hebron Parks and Recreation Department by March 8th. Pictures will not be returned. Include your name, address and a brief description of your snow sculpture and indicate the age group of the sculpture’s designer. Age Groups: 1.Child K-3rd Grades, 2. Child 4-8 Grades, 3. Family Sculpture, 4. Adult Only, 5. Business. Hebron, CT.

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